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David Waite
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Growing root crops in media beds

Started this discussion. Last reply by David Waite Jun 16, 2012. 65 Replies

My system is about 26 weeks old as of sept 15 2011. I am having better than expected…Continue

Foliar sprays that work.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Laurie Roberts Dec 5, 2014. 16 Replies

My system has a high ph of 7.8 to 7.6. This makes nutrient absorption very difficult on certain crops. Has any aquapon made a spray that works to help with the off color or weak plants. The plant…Continue

Rookie mistakes you should avoid.

Started this discussion. Last reply by Kobus Jooste May 8, 2011. 32 Replies

This discussion is about the absolute dummest thing you tried or did when you started aquaponics. This will teach all the newcomers who think they thought of it first the truth. Been there done that.…Continue

What is the best way to lower the GH

Started this discussion. Last reply by Laurie Roberts Jun 15, 2016. 35 Replies

Hello Aquapons, My GH is off the scale. My PH is holding at 7.6 to 7.8 Cant seem to move it lower with acid. Using Nylons with peat to try and help. Any Ideas. The KH is at 125ppm as well.


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Are you an aquaponic gardener already?
If so, what type of system? (pick all that apply)
flood and drain media, raft, Friendly-style raft
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Just started
What type of fish do you grow with? (select all that apply)
Goldfish, Koi, Tilapia
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1000 gal expanding to 3000 over time. In a 1800 sq ft greenhouse
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Been a Landscape contractor for 15 years. Worked in the trades since birth. Avid gardener and love the outdoors.

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At 10:02pm on February 8, 2012, Chris Schup said…

Thanks, Dave. You’re an inspiration. Love your system pics, keep em coming.

At 11:04pm on November 6, 2011, Carey Ma said…

Hi Dave, long time no talk. I've been crazy busy. How are you doing? Did you get that brief on aeroponics? Talk to you next weekend.



At 10:34pm on September 12, 2011, Carey Ma said…
Hey Dave, would you be interested in collaborating on an experiment in aeroponics?
At 5:32am on August 15, 2011, Carey Ma said…
Pls let me know if I can give any suggestions. Break a leg and have fun!
At 8:14am on July 21, 2011, Kimothy Smith said…
Hi David, great to hear from you.  I'd like very much to meet-up and talk.  Your systems are definitely further along than mine, perhaps I could visit your place?
At 5:54am on July 21, 2011, TCLynx said…
Hay David, what are your temperatures?  The small varieties of tomatoes have an easier time setting blooms and fruit even as it gets too warm for most other larger tomatoes it might not be nutrients giving you trouble.
At 6:13pm on April 9, 2011, telles wesley shamblin said…

Hi Dave.

It was a pleasure to make you as a friend.

I am very interested and have enjoyed watching the various videos.

I am not sure if this is the place to leave a message.

Send me an email.

At 10:42am on March 15, 2011, jrtroubleshooter said…
I would more your response bck to the fourm so other people can learn also, but at 5 weeks I woud just ley the PH be it will work its way back down with the nitrification process
At 8:16am on March 14, 2011, Ryan Chatterson said…
Hey David,

Yeah, I just start them in rockwool cubes in a tray then transplant into rafts when they have popped up. Works great, you just want to make sure you dont leave them in the master slab too long because as the plants get bigger, roots will want to grow into the adjacent cubes and when you pull them apart, you will break roots which slows growth for a few days.
At 6:22am on March 5, 2011, Luvandpeas Aquaponics said…
one leg of a pair of nylons--i squeeze the peat once a day to get it to release a little faster.  You can use vinegar with molasses  about 2 tbsp each add daily until it drops to 7.0  Radical change will kill fish and plants.

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